Lindsey Graham’s having a tough week, and it’s only Monday.
First, a new excerpt from former Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham circulating on Monday morning portrayed Graham as a swag hound looking for any free stuff at Mar-A-Lago. Also on Monday, The Daily Beast shared a video of Graham being resoundingly booed by his fellow Republicans in his home state of South Carolina for daring to suggest they follow his example and get vaccinated.
Graham is just the latest vaccinated member of the GOP to encounter verbal pushback from his own party. Donald Trump himself was also booed loudly by the devout MAGA crowd that showed up to support him in Alabama last month. But Graham was also censured by the Aiken County GOP in August, so it’s not a complete surprise that he was met with such vocal resistance. “I didn’t tell you to get it, you ought to think about it,” Graham continued.
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Despite the heckling, Graham cited statistics showing that the vast majority of coronavirus hospital patients in South Carolina are unvaccinated, only angering the audience more. “Well, I’m glad I got it. Ninety-two percent of people in hospitals in South Carolina are unvaccinated,” before he was drowned out by shouts of “false!” and “not true!” Graham said he opposed mandating the vaccine for members of the military and health-care workers, but even that wouldn’t appease the audience of several dozen angry Republicans.
Watch the clip of Lindsey Graham, as first posted by the Daily Beast.